What Were Some Key World War 2 Battles?


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Key battles of World War II include the Battle of El Alamein and the Battle of Stalingrad. The Battle of El Alamein was vital for the Allies to take control of the Suez Canal and the oil supplies of the Middle East.

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Under Montgomery, the Allies handed the Germans their first major defeat and knocked them out of Africa.

The Battle of Stalingrad is significant because it denied Hitler the vast wealth of resources and strategic advantages of the Soviet Union. Hitler’s decision to open a second front against such a formidable foe still puzzles many, but he came within 50 miles of succeeding. The Soviet victory marked the end of Nazi advances and forced the Germans to fight a defensive war. This battle is also significant because it cost Hitler his last remaining source of oil in Romania and assured Germany's defeat.

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